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  1. I have recently seen the following Weimar era unofficial WW1 Veterans' cross for sale (Deutsches Feld-Ehrenkreuz 1914-1918). Does anyone know which Veteran Association this cross refers to and what ribbon was it hanging from? Any info will be most welcome. Thank you in advance. Jean-Sam.
  2. Good evening Gentlemen, Can anyone of you help me identify this Finnish (… or is it Finnish…) medal? Reverse: blank / Diameter: 33mm Thank you in advance. Cheers, Jean-Sam. Karlen
  3. Thank you all for your invaluable comments.
  4. Good evening Gentlemen, Does anybody know what regiment or corps this button made of gilding metal is related to (the badge of this OSD cap had been removed before I bought it)? Cheers, J-SK
  5. In the mean-time, I have found sources indicating that it could be related to: - the Intelligence Corps, or - the Yorkshire Volunteers. … but am I right…?
  6. Good evening Gentlemen, A very good friend of mine has recently given me what looks like a 1907 pattern other ranks' jacket with Royal Engineers collar badges. I recall he bought it in the mid-eighties. In the inside, apart from various off-white painted markings, there is a tag with the Broad Arrow stating "... 1942", printed in blue. (See the pictures in attachment). Was this pattern still in use in the British Forces during WW2? I thought it was already replaced then by the waist-long battledress. Or is it a relic from "Dad's Army"? Could anyone help me finding out? Thank you in advance. Best regards, J-S K
  7. Another interesting link. Thank you Tony.
  8. Since this jacket was issued in 1942, was it worn with the 1937 pattern webbing belt/equipment (or with an earlier equipment; e.g. 1925 pattern) ?
  9. Thanks a lot TONY for this most valuable link! Regarding the collar badges (flaming grenades) they are similar to the Royal Engineers ones, but without UBIQUE. Territorial Army? What about the shoulder titles then (lacking here)? Was it common practice in the British Army (excluding other Commonwealth forces) to wear them?
  10. Thank you Makedon for this invaluable information.
  11. Hello Gentlemen, Can anybody help me identify the four Greek medals in attachment. As I do not speak Greek, can anyone translate the legends? Thank you in advance. All the best, Jean-Sam.
  12. Thank you Megan for your help!
  13. Thank you for your information. I hope someone out there will be able to translate those "Greek legends".
  14. Hello Gentlemen, I have recently seen the following and rather attractive US medal. It looks like a WW1 commemorative medal, but I do not know which organization issued it (US Army...? A veterans' association...?) and when. What about the ribbon and it's mounting brooch? Any idea? Should anybody know, his comments would be most welcome. All the best. Jean-S. Karlen
  15. Hello, About 35 years ago, when I was a young tank commander, I bought the following badge in a shop in Thun (Switzerland). I bought it because it reminded me of my dauntless "predecessors" who were stuck in uncomfortable noisy tin cans full of grease and smoke. The badge is plain silver and weighs 29 grams. Please note: it looks slightly rosy on the pictures but this is a mere effect of the light. It is in fact more blueish. It has no markings and I am not sure about its originality. I personally regard it as a copy. Could anyone confirm? Thanks Jean-Samuel Karlen
  16. Since we are "straying in Italy", does anybody have information about the following pilot's wings (period, qualification, civil or military, etc.)? What's that "I" in the middle refering to?... unless these wings are not Italian at all... Thank you in advance. All the best, Jean-Sam.
  17. Good evening Gentlemen, Does anybody have any idea to what this Italian medal or badge refers to? Thank you in advance for your information. All the best. Jean-Sam.
  18. Hello, Although I am not 100% sure about it, this medal would have been issued to members of a special corps of the Italian Resistance during WW2. Whether it was given for a special deed, for valour or as a commemorative token, I do not know. Above: the head of a wolf with "In bocca al lupo" (i.e.: [shoot] straight into the wolf's mouth), an Italian saying meaning "Good luck". Below: the Italian flag and "C.V.L.", standing for "Corpo Volontari della Libertà" (Freedom Volunteers Corps). Reverse: should be blank. I hope this helps. Al the best.
  19. You may not speak Italian, Hugh, but your translation is absolutely spot on.
  20. j-sk

    Swiss Military Medals?

    If you want to know ALL about the current insignias (medals included) of the Swiss Armed Forces, see the following link: http://www.armee.ch/abzeichen or order the "Reglement 51.009/III dfie" (issued in German, French, Italian and English) at the following address: Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics FBL; 3003 Bern; Switzerland. RE the medals: ONLY the ribbon bars are worn on the uniform, NOT the medals (officially called "mission insignias"). The medals are only issued to servicemen as a commemorative token, to be displayed on their mantleshelf or kept in a drawer. Please note that OFFICIAL orders, distinctions and medals (such as the French Legion d'honneur, etc.) CAN be worn by Swiss officials (such as an ambassador, for instance) PROVIDED they get a special authorization from the Federal Counsel (Government), although NOT on uniforms. Also note that the Pope's Swiss Guards do receive Vatican medals and wear them on their rather colourful uniform, even on such occasions as the visit of the Pope in Switzerland or other Catholic celebrations.
  21. j-sk

    Unknown WW1 US medal

    Thank you both for your comments & infos. All the best.
  22. Good evening Gentlemen, I have recently acquired two medals related to the Zimbabwe independence of 1980: - cupro-nickel Rhodesia medal 1980, unnamed (police personnel), - bronze Zimbabwe independence medal 1980, numbered 24214. Although both were awarded to any individual participating in the Zimbabwe independence process of 1980, could anyone of you let me know if it was allowed to wear the Zimbabwe independence one together with other British medals in police uniform or in civvies? Thank you in advance for your valuable information. All the best, Jean-Samuel Karlen.
  23. Thank you all for your interesting replies. Jean-Sam.
  24. Hello I have two original ribbons: -> 8,5cm long x 3,5cm wide, rather tatty though... but better than nothing if desperately needed; -> two-piece ribbon, originally twisted in the typical Bavarian fashion and ready for mounting on an 3,0cm large "Ordensspange". If that helps...